Hurricanes beat Highlanders in Dunedin

The Highlanders have won the last three matches between them and the Hurricanes but the Hurricanes won the five matches prior to this.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


0.01: Beauden Barrett kicks off and we are underway.


2.00: The Highlanders spend the first two minutes attacking but not gaining much ground. They try to boot the ball ahead but the Hurricanes boot it.


2.49: The whistle goes for the first time and its for a high tackle. Penalty to the Hurricanes. Barrett will kick for posts.


3.00: Barrett takes the kick and nails it. Hurricanes lead.


6.00: The first scrum is a mess so it is reset and the Highlanders get the put in. They win the scrum but when they send the ball wide the Hurricanes concede a penalty.


8.00: Chris Noakes takes the penalty kick but misses.


12.00: Highlanders trying to attack in the Hurricanes 25. The defence holds up.


13.00: The Highlanders keep up the attack from 5m out and then Chris Noakes sees a gap, takes it and scores almost under the posts.


14.00: Noakes adds the conversion and nails it. Highlanders lead.


18.00: The Highlanders playing all of the rugby now. They are keeping hold of the ball and going through the phases as the Hurricanes are forced to defend.


19.00: The Hurricanes join a ruck illegally so the Highlanders win a penalty. They kick for touch and have a line out 5 out.


20.00: Adam Thomson takes the ball at the line out and the Highlanders immediately work the ball to the posts. It’s messy and they have a couple of goes at the line but Thomson goes over and scores.


21.00: Noakes adds the conversion.


22.00: Possession at 61% for the Highlanders and territory at 54% so far.


25.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes so Barrett takes the kick in front of the posts and nails it.


27.00: Missed tackles Highlanders 4 Hurricanes 8 so far.


28.00: The match has a strange atmosphere and the crowd is disconnected from the game to a degree. Penalty to the Highlanders so they kick for touch.


32.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for obstruction. Barrett will kick for posts.


33.00: Barrett nails the penalty and cuts the gap to five points.


34.00: The Highlanders are awarded a penalty so Chris Noakes takes the shot but hits the post and the ball bounces into to play but is kicked out.  


37.00: Hurricanes upping the pressure a little now. They are getting some more ball in the Highlanders half.


38.00: Hurricanes burst into life after Cory Jane breaks. The Highlanders however thwart their attack.


39.00: Highlanders keeping the ball in their 25. They try to wind down the clock. Thats it half time.

The half time score was Highlanders 14 Hurricanes 9

The second half is underway.


42.00: The Hurricanes almost get the perfect start as they are awarded a penalty. Barrett takes the kick but misses.


44.00: The Highlanders are still dominating territory and playing the game in the Hurricanes half.


46.00: The Highlanders pile on the pressure, Rico Gear races away and passes to Phil Burleigh who dashes for the corner and may have scored. We go upstairs to check. It didn’t look like he

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